Robert Ross

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Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, and Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. His research focuses on Chinese security policy and East Asian security, including the rise of China and Chinese use of force. His recent publications include Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia and China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The End of U.S. Naval Dominance in Asia

Editor’s Note: Although the Trump administration has made much of China's rise when it comes to trade, the president should be focused more on the security implications. Robert Ross of Boston College points to the decline in U.S. naval strength in East Asia as a game-changer for the regional order. Ross argues that the Navy's forward presence is strained, while China's capabilities are growing steadily. U.S. allies are aware of this painful reality, and their willingness to trust America to protect them will decline.

Daniel Byman